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Your Money or Your Life? Why Not Both?

Jim Gibson | Posted 09.15.2014 | Money
Jim Gibson

You may have heard some buzz circulating around the Internet about the idea of your money or your life. Sounds simple in theory, does it not? Yet, pause for a second and consider whether or not this is actually the wrong question.

Get Out! - The Only Sane Response to the Islamic State

David J. Dunn, PhD | Posted 09.14.2014 | Politics
David J. Dunn, PhD

The Islamic State (ISIS) proves the law of unintended consequences. Congratulations America! We killed Christianity in the Middle East and unleashed a terror organization with far greater reach and power than Al Qaeda ever possessed.

The Inflation Fighters Want to Increase the Debt Burden on Our Children

Dean Baker | Posted 09.08.2014 | Business
Dean Baker

Are you worried about the government running deficits in the hundreds of billions of dollars and a debt in the trillions? If so, then you should be really angry at people calling for the Federal Reserve Board to raise interest rates.

9 Well-Intentioned Ways You're Passing On Bad Money Habits To Your Kids

Beth Kobliner | Posted 09.08.2014 | Parents
Beth Kobliner

It's a classic scenario: You give your kid his allowance with the caveat that he won't be getting more until the following week. The next day, he blows it all during a trip to the mall. Then when he begs and pleads for more money... you give in.

College Savings 101: Financial Multi-Tasking

Patrick Kennedy | Posted 08.28.2014 | College
Patrick Kennedy

The words "college life" and "savings" are typically not used in the same sentence today. However, for college students preparing to move onto campus this fall, finding ways to save money may very well be as important as their academic major.

The Impending Showdown

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.27.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

If Obama does announce immigration changes, Republicans may decide the issue is bigger than any competence issue, and go right ahead and shut the government down. But this doesn't automatically make the issue a winner for Democrats everywhere in the midterms, of course.

How to Build Credit for Millennials

Jeanne Kelly | Posted 08.28.2014 | Money
Jeanne Kelly

I was recently asked by a darling 20-something gentleman, who graduated from college in the last few years, how he can begin building his credit now t...

My Secret Money Life: I Helped Bankroll My Brother -- and Came to Regret It

LearnVest | Posted 08.28.2014 | Women
LearnVest

If you're considering loaning money to friends or family, make sure you fully understand your expectations throughout the entire process, and make a plan together for how the money is to be used -- before you give.

The Overachiever's Guide to Junior Year

Larry P. Thomas | Posted 08.26.2014 | College
Larry P. Thomas

Identify a second faculty mentor for research. Meet at least once a semester with both of your faculty mentors to explore research opportunities, including paid summer experiences. Also, if you plan on applying to graduate school, request letters of recommendation.

Boehner's Constitution Of Convenience

Duncan Hosie | Posted 08.26.2014 | Politics
Duncan Hosie

Ironically, Speaker Boehner resorted to the American justice system to sue President Obama, the very system he has worked relentlessly to underfund for indigents. Instead of suing Obama, he should start fixing the system he and his colleagues broke.

5 Household Budget Templates That Will Help If You Actually Stick With It

Bob Lotich | Posted 08.21.2014 | Money
Bob Lotich

If you are like many, the challenging economy has caused us to take a look at our personal finances and consider making a budget. Good news! Budgeting doesn't have to be painful!

McConnell's Reconciliation

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.20.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

I'm using the word "reconciliation" in a very specific rules-of-the-Senate fashion. Because McConnell just revealed to Politico how he intends to govern, should his party take control of the Senate in November -- and it appears that the previously-arcane "budget reconciliation" maneuver will figure heavily in his playbook.

The Entitlement of the Very Rich

Dean Baker | Posted 08.11.2014 | Business
Dean Baker

Last week we got another opportunity to see the thinking of the very rich when Jeffrey Immelt, the CEO of General Electric, complained at a summit with African heads of state and business leaders that there is even an argument over the reauthorization of Export-Import Bank.

Exhibit A of the Guantanamo Failure Resumes This Week

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 08.10.2014 | World
Daphne Eviatar

It remains to be seen how involved the U.S. will get in this latest war in Iraq, and the price tag that will come with it. But the uncertainties of costly new wars makes it even more important that we clean up the mess of the old one.

Inflation Hawks: The Job Killers at the Fed

Dean Baker | Posted 08.05.2014 | Business
Dean Baker

Many in the financial industry couldn't care less about unemployment. They don't want to risk any inflation that could erode the value of their wealth. Their voices are being heard at the top levels of the Fed. It is essential that the broader public get involved in this debate as well.

Why Sports Stars Crash and Burn Within 5 Years of Retirement.

Natalie Pace | Posted 08.05.2014 | Money
Natalie Pace

We've heard about the most spectacular falls -- such as Mike Tyson and Kareem Abdul Jabbar -- but, unfortunately, this sad outcome is far from rare.

Kate Sheppard

Senate Budget Chair: Climate Costs Are Too Damn High!

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 08.01.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), chair of the Senate Budget Committee, sent a strongly worded letter to her colleagues on Friday urging them...

Illinois is a "Sinkhole State" says new report

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 08.01.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

A new report from Truth in Accounting calls Illinois a financial "Sinkhole State" and says it has the second-worst taxpayer burden in the country. T...

Europe on a Budget Never Looked So Good

trivago | Posted 08.01.2014 | Travel
trivago

These six ultra-trendy and budget-friendly finds in some of the most exciting cities in Europe will make your next vacation one for the scrapbook.

Entrepreneurs Today Don't Need a Big Budget to Start

Marty Zwilling | Posted 07.28.2014 | Business
Marty Zwilling

It wasn't so many years ago that starting a new e-commerce business on the Internet was a complex custom development project, usually costing a million dollars or more. Now you can do it for free.

5 Rules for Professional Chic On a Budget!

Susie Moore | Posted 07.23.2014 | Style
Susie Moore

There is no reason to ever have credit card debit for clothes. Ever. Living in New York, I was astounded at people who shop with money they don't have for expensive fashion items they don't need. In your blazer, heels, pearls and stilettos, you will look effortlessly chic.

Is the 2015 Chicago Public Schools budget based on a "gimmick?"

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 07.23.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Q: What's 14 months long and lasts 365 days? A: The Chicago Public Schools 2015 fiscal year. That's no joke. It's the gist of a report from fiscal w...

Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, Yet Again: Review of Dead Men Ruling

Dean Baker | Posted 07.22.2014 | Books
Dean Baker

Gene Steuerle is not a standard right-winger who believes that a dollar in the pocket of a middle class or poor person is a dollar that could be in the pockets of the rich. He is a serious budget analyst who has does important work on tax and budget issues for more than three decades.

Poll shows voters are excited about Rauner's economic plan

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 09.20.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Illinois Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner released his ideas for a plan to fix the state's out-of-whack budget July 17. In it, Rauner a...

4 Weddings in 4 States for Less Than $2,200

Credit.com | Posted 09.17.2014 | Weddings
Credit.com

My husband and I received four wedding invitations for this summer, and we knew we wanted to do everything we could to attend each one. With some strategic saving, budget adjustments and frugal choices, we'll be able to enjoy them for less than $2,200.